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Sociology, M.A.

Saint Louis University’s Master of Arts in sociology will prepare you for a managerial and policy position such as a program evaluator, researcher, program director or policy maker.


About the Program

The department of sociology and anthropology offers a Master of Arts with a concentration in Public Sociology. The program provides students with the analytic and administrative skills to advance in leadership positions in the public, private and government sectors. The program is distinctive in its blend of academic and practical skills.

Program Highlights

Combining outstanding scholarship and practical experience, faculty members are engaged in cutting-edge research and bring this expertise to the classroom to enrich the educational experience of students. Courses are taught by interdisciplinary faculty from sociology and public policy who integrate the theory, practical experience and empirical skills needed in 21st-century organizations.

Curriculum and Program Details

You will need to complete 33 credit hours of graduate study for SLU’s sociology M.A. You’ll choose between a thesis (six credit hours) or a non-thesis track with a comprehensive exam. The credit hour requirements are: 12 hours of core coursework, six hours of practical coursework, and nine hours of electives (or 15 hours of electives, if you choose the non-thesis track). You will need to complete all coursework within five years of being admitted.

  • Elizabeth Chiarello, Ph.D.
  • Richard Colignon, Ph.D.
  • Amy Cooper, Ph.D.
  • Scott Harris, Ph.D.
  • Joel Jennings, Ph.D.
  • Ajlina Karamehic-Muratovic, Ph.D.
  • Kathryn Kuhn, Ph.D.
  • Katherine C. McKinnon, Ph.D.
  • Hisako Matsuo, Ph.D.
  • Daniel Monti, Ph.D.
  • Bruce O’Neill, Ph.D.
  • Christopher G. Prener, Ph.D.
  • J.S. Onesimo Sandoval, Ph.D.
  • Terry Tomazic, Ph.D.
  • Mary Vermilion, Ph.D.
After graduating with a master’s degree in sociology from SLU, you might pursue a career as a market research analyst, nonprofit administrator or a policy analyst. The Bureau of Labor listed the 2014 median annual salary for market research analysts as $61,290, and employment of market research analysts is projected to increase by 19 percent by 2024.
Tuition and Fees

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Scholarships and Financial Aid
Research and teaching assistantships are available to students who qualify. These awards are based on merit and include a stipend, tuition scholarship and health insurance.

Applicant Criteria

Successful applicants possess 3.0 or higher GPA, sufficient GRE scores and sufficient TOEFL scores (for international applicants).

Application Requirements

Application form and fee
Three letters of recommendation
GRE scores
Professional goal statement

Requirements for International Students

Assistantship Application Deadline

Students who want to be considered for an assistantship must submit their application by Feb. 1.

Review Process

Applications are reviewed by the admissions committee members.